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Macbeth: A Hero and a Diabolical Figure

- William Shakespeare once indicated, “As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him,” yet this vehement desire Shakespeare loathed was the exact inner drive that forced one of his most famous characters into desolation. Furthermore, this character is depicted with ambivalence moral and is given the appellation of both a hero and a diabolical figure. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the central character is initially portrayed as a glorious and courageous noble. However, because of the atrocious murders he commits he is more of an acrimonious tyrant than a brave thane....   [tags: shakespeare, macbeth, war hero]

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Sullivan Ballou: A War Hero

- Throughout life, an individual must undergo many obstacles to reach their life's climactic point of success. Regrettably, an individual may not be able to enjoy their life's highest point of accomplishment-because they are deceased. For example, in “A Letter to His Wife, 1861”, Sullivan Ballou (1861) died in the First Battle of Bull Run, a war led by former President Abraham Lincoln. Ballou wrote a letter to his beloved wife named Sarah; the delivery of the letter was contingent upon his death. Ballou fought for what he believed in- civil rights, and the safety of his country; I believe Ballou reached the climactic point in his life when he died for his country: a war hero....   [tags: fighting for safety and civil rights]

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The, A Revolutionary War Hero

- A1. Description of Community It was founded in 1821 and named after General Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War hero. Greene County is the largest county of Indiana’s 92 counties. It is a rural county found in Southwestern Indiana, consisting of acres of farmland and is approximately 543 square miles in size. It makes a wonderful home for the outdoor enthusiast with its vast variety of outdoor activities. Linton is the largest city in the county and boasts its Fourth of July celebration as it is the home of the largest parade in the state of Indiana....   [tags: Health insurance, Health care, Medicine]

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Vietnam War Hero, Jon Daly

- Jon Daly was a great American hero and during his exploits in the war he became a changed man. He put himself in harm’s way countless times for the greater good of his squad. Even though he may have been less than extraordinary as a child and in his adolescent years he showed that he truly was a man for others. He showed that with the right attitude anyone can make something of themselves even if they have been less than great as a child. Jon Daly was a misfit as a child but through proper habit formation he made himself into a respectable man that would put himself in harm’s way for the good of his squad....   [tags: biography]

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General Haig a Butcher not War Hero

- Sir Douglas Haig was born on the 19th June 1861. The Field Marshal was very highly ranked in the duration of The Great War. Haig was a British soldier and a senior Commander of The British Expeditionary Force from the year of 1915. General Haig is notorious for commanding the Battle Of The Somme and also renowned for the third battle of Ypres and various other victories leading to The Triple Entente’s victory of WW1. After the war, Haig was made an Earl and also received gratified thanks from both Houses of Parliament....   [tags: World War I WWI WW1 Sir Douglas Haig]

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Odysseus Is A Hero From The Trojan War

- A hero is a man or woman that has been recognized for an outstanding achievement. The generic definition of a hero that most people state is someone that does an action for a person out of the goodness of their heart. In The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus is a hero according to the definition, but not to most people’s thought of a hero. The only hero, Odysseus is a war hero from the Trojan War. Throughout the book, Odysseus does not do things that are out of the goodness of his heart. He is shown to be selfish and clueless to the needs and views of his crew and others....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Men Fighting At War By Homer 's The Iliad, The Mortal And Semi Mortal Men

- Men fighting at war is a common depiction of how battles are fought. As with Homer’s The Iliad, the mortal and semi-mortal men are combat rated based on their personification of masculinity. Homer sets this up through various literary tropes which range from the characterization of heroes or major figures in the poem, rousing speeches, and analogies. All of these tropes function using masculinity as a way to determine who fights best or at all in some cases. Homer’s gendered narrative aids in the development of masculinity being the deciphering tool which designates shame and glory in the midst of warfare....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Hero]

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Andrew Jackson : War Hero, President, Murderer And Political Failure

- Andrew Jackson; war hero, president, murderer and political failure. To elaborate, Andrew Jackson was unfit to serve as the president of the United States. During his term, Jackson degraded the office of the presidency with his policies and antics.For example, Jackson caused a financial collapse that induced a depression of tremendous magnitude with the destruction of the national bank. But, perhaps his greatest offence of all are his crimes and cruelty toward the Native Americans displayed in the Trail of Tears....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Robert E. Lee: An American Icon

- “Theodore Roosevelt, with characteristic restraint pronounced Lee ‘ the very greatest of all the great captains that the English- Speaking people have brought forth’( Cobb). Even though Robert E Lee was a southern general, he was still a great general. Although General Robert E Lee was considered the most hated general of his time, he had outstanding job skills, overcame a horrible childhood, and most importantly had a great moral upbringing, to make him into a great general. Robert E Lee’s childhood shaped him into the man he grew up to be....   [tags: christian values, war hero]

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Ancient Warriors Of Greece : A Soldier Into The Greatest Hero Of The Trojan War

- Ancient warriors of Greece were considered heroes when they followed the heroic code. They achieved this goal by acquiring a kleos also known as establishing fame, glory and a positive reputation. This was not an easy task. Building and maintaining kleos meant that a warrior had to not only be brave and strong, but he also had to be a “Speaker of words and a doer of deeds.” This type of solider was obliged to protect his friends and harm his enemies, respect the Gods and his elders and most of all, value his honor greater than his life....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Election Of 2004 : A Brutal Battle Between The Incumbent George W. Bush And The War Hero

- The election of 2004 was a brutal battle between the incumbent George W. Bush and the war hero John Kerry. The pivotal moment of the race was on November 2nd, 2004, the day the swing state of Ohio would decide who they would vote for. The outcome in Ohio would give the candidate momentum and could determine the next President. With the war in Iraq, the decline of jobs, and the fight for same-sex marriage, every American had something to fight for in this election. Ultimately the winner was George Bush....   [tags: George W. Bush, Democratic Party]

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Stubby: World War I Hero Dog

- Historians who study World War 1 have argued about Stubby’s importance on many occasions. An argument that comes up frequently is this; Is Stubby is only regarded as famous in the world of military animals because he was the first American military dog. Although his actions were great, they were not incredibly unique, as European war dogs had been involved in battle too, and had been doing just as well as Stubby for a longer amount of time (Tamara). However, whether or not Stubby’s actions warrant fame and recognition is irrelevant....   [tags: American military, sargeant, trenches]

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Definition Essay On Heroism

- Bill Sarino December 5, 2017 Mrs. Tiernan ELA The True Definition of Heroism Oliver Stone once said, “It’s difficult to be a father, to be a mother, and I think that to be a kind and loving parent is an act of heroism”. Anybody could care for a child but parents do twenty-four-seven, non-stop. Being able to look out for that child is what really makes parents heroes. A person dedicated to helping others no matter who or what it is a true Hero. Heroism is the very thought of helping others for nothing in return....   [tags: American Civil War, Hero, Leadership]

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Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: War hero or butcher of the Somme?

- Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: War hero or butcher of the Somme. Many historians see the Somme as one of, if not the most, significant events of the war. The devastating casualties and deaths of the war left thousands without their loved ones, a whole generation was lost at the Somme. After the devastation of the war, many soldiers blamed Haig. It was thought that Haig's leadership was to blame for the tremendous amount of casualties and deaths of the Somme. The soldiers were thought to have followed their orders courageously, precisely and so that everything went exactly as planned, but they were let down by their leaders....   [tags: Papers]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- Throughout history, humanity has always been fascinated with the idea of a hero. Examples include wild west rangers capturing bandits, superheroes defeating villains, and parents saving their children from nightmares. Today, common people who accomplish a great feat are often elevated to the status of a hero. They are worshiped and praised beyond the point most mortal human being experience. The Iliad is the archetype for this theme. It tells stories of Achilles, the Greek hero from the 7-8th century BCE and his heroism in the Trojan War....   [tags: Achilles, Trojan War, Homer, Hero]

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Andrew Jackon's Military Campaign

- Born on March 15 in 1767 as Andrew Jackson, he is known to many for several reasons. For some it might be his law career, others maybe his political career. However the two things that people most know Andrew Jackson for are his presidential term, as well as his military career. During his military career, there were also two things that he was largely known for, which was the War of 1812 and the Indian Removal Act. Both of these were major events that Jackson was honored for as well as despised against....   [tags: politics, laws, hero, war]

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Hemingway's Construction of a Hero in the Post World War Era

- In The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway uses a number of unconventional methods of writing to tell his story. It is a story of an unlikely hero, an unusual set of characters, and an unsatisfying ending that is given away immediately at the beginning of the book. Regardless, Hemingway is able to capture the attention of his audience by the book's dialogue, descriptions, and most importantly, clear and intriguing characterizations. It is with the usage of unconventional methods of storytelling that Hemingway is able to convey his own opinions on these characters and their actions to prove the existence of a new set of standards in the post World War I era....   [tags: American Literature]

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Athenian Tragedy, Hekabe by Euripides

- Today, I went to the theater and saw the play Hekabe by the playwright Euripides. I very much enjoy going to watch plays because the playwright can script the production with a different perspective that is sometimes not an agreeable one in regards to how things are done governmentally here in Athens. Although impermissible scenes were in this tragedy, it is nice to grasp a political outlook that I am not normally able to bring with me to any assemblies concerning battle. Euripides writes about extreme mourning for a loved one lost because of war....   [tags: death, hero, war]

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Behind the Curtain Hero of America in World War II: The Walt Disney Company

- The Walt Disney Company, a prominent contemporary entertainment company, served an important role in United States' 1940s history. Its effort on the world-wide war with Germany and American's livelihood at the wartime could not be ignored. The impact of Disney company through propaganda cartoons, posters, and films were influential to the United States, both front line and home front, during World War II. Wartime propaganda cartoon produced by Disney compared lives of U.S. and that of the German during World War II....   [tags: history, propaganda]

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Superman, By Jerry Seigel And Joe Shuster

- What is a Superhero. People ask this question all the time and a lot of definitions of it this word. Some say a superhero is just a fictional character such as Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but others would say they are people protect them such as soldiers, police, and firefighters. My definition of a superhero is someone who fictional or non-fiction that is willing to put others before themselves to help protect people. This definition may cover a wide range of people, but it covers comics, soldiers fighting for their freedom of others, and people get into the moment and help others with not thinking about it....   [tags: Superhero, Superman, World War II, Hero]

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Movie Analysis : ' Preston Sturges '

- During the time of conflict and misery, warfare is the ultimate last resource governments are forced to resort to due to taxing implications economically, politically, and socially. Hence, enthusiasm for the war is important in order to ensure victory. The horrible and destructive nature of warfare discourage many, thus, there are many efforts that are being employed by the government to uplift the war-weary public. Hail the Conquering Hero is a prime example of Hollywood and government collaboration to make the war more appealing to the public by selling the war in a comedic criticizing way....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Hero, League of Nations]

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Jason Versus Odysseus

- Jason and Odysseus have much in common and just as much not. A main difference one sees at first glance is the type of hero that they are. Odysseus is a wily and crafty whereas Jason is a leader but uses the skills of his followers to achieve his means. At first glance, Jason appeared an unlikely hero. Unlike Odysseus, who embarked on what should have been a short journey home following the Trojan War, but which became an epic journey with many obstacles and delays along the way. 
 Jason sent on an impossible mission by a king in order to remove him from the country....   [tags: hero, Trojan War, Corinth, Achilles]

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Brutal Reality of War in Winifred M. Letts' The Deserter and Siegfried Sassoon's The Hero

- Brutal Reality of War in Winifred M. Letts' The Deserter and Siegfried Sassoon's The Hero Both Winifred M. Letts and Siegfried Sassoon have strong views on the war; however they both express themselves using different language. Winifred M. Letts chose her words carefully to put the reader on the side of the Deserter using rhetorical questions as in line 6, "But who can judge him, you or I?" This makes it seem like the deserter running away, was a natural response to his surroundings, and is asking if you would do or feel any different....   [tags: Papers]

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A Hero, President Abraham Lincoln

- ...   Abraham Lincoln runs for presidency in the 1860’s it is thought he was chosen since he did not have extreme views on slavery in a sense he rarely talked about slaves during his campaigning.During the days of election “Me and my wife were at a friends house drinking tea when a young man comes barging through the door saying Mr.Lincoln did you her the news you one the elections i am shocked that i have one the elections and coming from a poor family and my wife did not belive i would be elected nor did I then am filled with joy”.The News spreads like wild fire that the underdog wins the elections and the South is infuriated they create rally and governors from the south come together and...   [tags: civil war, slaves, freedom]

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Sergeant York: An American Hero

- Sergeant York An American Hero Struggling with the woes of poverty and added responsibilities, Alvin York, discovers himself fleeing from religion with Satan dangling securely to his shirttail. York is a round character that is a rabble-rouser in the beginning, yet evolves into an extraordinary spiritual man. “Sergeant York” is a 1941 film portraying the trials and triumphs of Sergeant Alvin York. Based on real situations, the aforementioned flick depicts the life of a boy who grew up in the Tennessee Hills, then went off to fight in a war that would mold him into an American Hero....   [tags: Wold War II fighters]

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Epic Heroes : An Epic Hero

- Everyone has that one character, whether they are fictional or real, that they admire and adore because of their accomplishments throughout their life. The few men that are able to ascend past decades and become known for centuries as a hero are categorized as epic heroes. Epic heroes are able to truly transcend through time and are often times studied by the highest scholars in the world. The most notable hero who is often referred to is one of the world’s first ever heroes known ad Odysseus of Ithaca....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Odysseus : The Great Hero

- Odysseus the Great Hero Most people believe that Odysseus is a hero in the Iliad due to his victories against the Trojans and for taking over the city of Troy. Through the teachings it is portrayed that way, but he is shown as a hero through other events in the book. Odysseus is not the only hero shown in this epic. Achilles is another main character that shows heroic actions as well. The difference between the two is that Odysseus uses his genius mind and unique thoughts to win battles and get out of traitorous situations, while Achilles uses strength and power....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Hector]

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Odysseus : A Heroic Hero

- Odysseus was the most prominent hero of the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War. Some of the qualities of a hero usually include: courage, bravery, dedication, sacrifice, intelligence, and perseverance. Odysseus had all the qualities of a hero throughout his journey. In the Odyssey written by Homer, the text suggests that the main character, Odysseus maintains his identity despite the experiences he faces throughout his journey towards home. Odysseus had a heroic identity before he was separated from his family and the people of Ithaca, and throughout his journey he continues to keep his past heroic identity....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Trojan Horse]

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Achilles : An Anti Hero

- Achilles was a son of King Peles and Thetis, his birth was the result of a union between a mortal father and an immortal mother, which made him a semi divine. According ( Bobbitt 47), Achilles was one of the great heroes of Greek mythology due to his extra ordinary strength, courage and loyalty. Miller also terms him as a fearless soldier and honorable man with god like qualities who is very respected by people that surrounded him (27). In the Iliad, Homer illustrates Achilles flaws despite being regarded as a great warrior and hero amongst the Achaean soldiers, who are fighting against the Trojans in the Trojan War....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Iliad, Greek mythology]

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Odyssey Hero's Journey Essay

- Hero's Journey in the Odyssey In “ The Odyssey ” by homer Odysseus goes on a journey to get home after twenty years the trojan war. The “ Hero’s Journey “ by Joseph Campbell represents the journey the hero's take on their journey as a hole in the story. The main parts of most stories include twelve parts to the hero's journey and some additional points.. The three parts of the hero's journey supernatural aid, test and supreme ordeal , and reward and journey home. These are some of the most important parts of the odyssey....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Ithaca, Iliad]

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Who was the Real Hero in Homer's The Iliad?

- In Homer’s The Iliad he tells of the battles and events during the time of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. This was just a small portion of the Trojan War that had lasted ten years. The Iliad shares the ideas of the glory of war, military values over family life, and the impermanence of human life and its creation. One thing that Homer does is characterize the two different warriors Achilles and Hector. These two great warriors both show different kinds of traits that shape the character they become throughout the The Iliad....   [tags: achilles, war, battle]

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The Odyssey By Homer, An Epic Tale Of A Hero

- The Odyssey by Homer, an epic tale of a hero’s journey as he suffers for years to return home to his kingdom his wife and his child. The Odyssey tells of Odysseus’ long and perilous journey following the end of the Trojan War, in which he goes through many trials that cause him indescribable pain, misery, and sorrow. The trials however, were by his own doing, he was the catalyst of his own misfortune. Odysseus was a man of many strengths, but his shortcomings were the cause of his struggles. Shortcomings such as his hubris, his inability to trust others, and his curiosity brought about his calamity....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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The Tragic Hero Of Achilles, Hector, And Hamlet

- defines a tragic hero as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall (“Tragic Hero”). Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction (“English IV Class Discussion”, 2016). A tragic hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death; intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes; have a weakness, usually it is pride; and be faced with a very serious decision that he must make (“Tragic hero as defined by Aristotle”)....   [tags: Achilles, Trojan War, Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet]

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The Tragic Hero Of Achilles, Hector, And Hamlet

- A Tribute to Tragic Heroes defines a tragic hero as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall (“Tragic Hero”). Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction (“English IV Class Discussion”, 2016). A tragic hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death; intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes; have a weakness, usually it is pride; and be faced with a very serious decision that he must make (“Tragic hero as defined by Aristotle”)....   [tags: Achilles, Trojan War, Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet]

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Epic Of A Local Hero By Amir Gilan

- In his “Epic and History in Hittite Anatolia: In Search of a Local Hero,” Amir Gilan cites Richard Martin’s argument, that while “epic cannot be pinned down to a specific textual or performance style,” it is nevertheless “in almost every situation…intricately interwoven with myths, folktales, wisdom-proverbs and praise poety” (51). There are thus certain mythic traits that such epics necessarily share. Consider Gilan’s example of the epic hero. Quoting Irad Malkin, he asserts that “’[t]he return of Odysseus…must have been on the minds of historical Greeks when they were sailing beyond Ithaca.’ In Mesopotamia, large parts of the populace have been acquainted with the figure of Gilgamesh and v...   [tags: Southern United States, American Civil War]

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Race Relations During The Revolutionary War: Salem Poor

- Salem Poor was a slave from Andover, Massachusetts. Salem Poor is a perfect example of race relations during the time of the Revolutionary War as Poor was described as a war hero, but did not receive the treatment he deserved. Historians have argued that Poor is a forgotten hero because of his race. It begs the question if would he be forgotten heroes if he had been a white man as many political figures built their reputations in the war. Salem Poor defied the stereotype of African Americans who had small roles in the Army, but was not rewarded for his efforts....   [tags: hero, slave, african american]

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Essay On Phileas Fogg As A Hero Archetype

- Can fictional characters, like Phileas Fogg (Around the World in 80 Days/Verne) and Odysseus (The Odyssey/Homer), have any relation to real life. Although the idea of it might seem impossible it is, in fact, true. Phileas Fogg traveled around the world in 80 days with the flaw of being incapable of love. Odysseus, taking 10 years to return home from fighting in the Trojan War, has a flaw of being prideful. Their travels can be best documented through the hero cycle. Hero cycles can be best used when referring to archetypes....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Phileas Fogg, Poseidon]

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John F. Kennedy : A Tragic Hero

- There have been several tragic heroes throughout history, that left a lasting impact on the lives of many individuals. Some of these figures stand out more than others, a few that comes to mind are John F. Kennedy, who because of his great leadership qualities was able to lead a renewed drive for public service and eventually provided federal support for the growing civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, whose tactics of peaceful protest helped improve the lives of African American citizens in the United States, and who pushed for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be passed, or Nelson Mandela, who fought against Apartheid in South Africa....   [tags: American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, United States]

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Epic Hero

- All civilizations have a specific set rules and customs in which they believe defines the perfect person. Often, their example of the perfect person is told in an epic, in which there is a hero. From devastating good looks to superhuman strength, there is always something that separates this character from other people. Often, it is their bloodline, where one of their parents is a god. Sometimes, however, it is what they do and how they present themselves is what defines them. Or, it is how they battle, whether it is physically, mentally, or linguistically....   [tags: Odysseus, culture, Achilles, Aeneas, Trojan War]

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The Hero in A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

- Ernest Hemingway defined a hero as, “A man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.” It is blatantly apparent that Henry, the protagonist of A Farewell to Arms, did not exemplify any of these traits at all in the beginning of the novel. However, as the book progressed, Henry gradually learned how to be a “Hemingway Hero”, and he eventually progressed to the point where he completely embodied all that is expected of such....   [tags: Hemingway Hero]

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Ulysses S. Grant Was a True Epic Hero

- ... When the war ended, Ulysses returned back to Missouri and married Julia. They were married in August of 1848. History. com stated, “In the early years of his marriage, Grant was assigned to a series of remote posts, some of them on the West Coast, which kept him separated from his family. In 1854, he resigned from the military” (Ulysses S, Grant). Since Ulysses was always away from home and his family, he missed his family very much. He wrote to them often and wanted to be close with them as if he was really there....   [tags: civil war, life, leadership]

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Katniss And Odysseus : Epic Hero Cycle

- Tran Michelle Tran Ms. Vyse English 2 15 April 2016 Katniss. and Odysseus. Epic Hero Cycle There are many qualities within certain characters that help them in their quests. Though the characters may vary, the journey and the characteristics, in the end, are similar. Katniss and Odysseus both experienced the epic hero cycle and display similar characteristics. In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen was a girl whose purpose was to find a way to support her mother and younger sister. That is until she took the place of her sister as a tribute in the Hunger Games, an annual game held by the ruling Capitol as punishment for previous rebellions....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces]

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Trojan War in Homer´s The Iliad

- Homer’s Heroes The epic poem called The Iliad written by Homer concerns the Trojan War. It shows Trojan and Achaean warriors’ courage, bravery and their attempt to become the best fighter to get fame, glory, and honor. The heroes in The Iliad follow Homer’s heroic code, striving for excellence. Hector and Achilles’ strength comes from their desire for fame, glory, honor and their acceptance of fate. These qualities are considered to be characteristics of Homer’s heroic code. However, the actions of Paris are not heroic causing trouble and conflict for many people....   [tags: fame, glory, hero, honor, fate, code]

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The Homeric Hero Of The Iliad

- The notion of personal honor is prevalent throughout the Iliad. The honor of every person in Homeric culture was important, but to the hero, his honor was paramount. He could not endure insults, and he felt that he had to protect his reputation — even unto death. The hero 's duty was to fight, and the only way he had of gaining glory and immortality was through heroic action on the battlefield; thus, he continually prepared his life for the life-and-death risks of battle. The Homeric hero believed that men had to stand together in battle; men had to respect each other; and they had to refrain from excessive cruelty....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Sociology, Trojan War]

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Odysseus, A Hero

- ... My point is, it was ultimately Odysseus's skill in this area that kept him alive and allowed him to be successful. Besides being exceedingly clever, Odysseus was also very dedicated, both to his quest and his companions. Even in the bleakest of situations, Odysseus did not give up. For example, when the crew landed on the Island of the Sun, Odysseus, who knows that his crew is prophesied to perish there, warns his shipmates that their stores of food are on their ship and that they musn't eat the catle of the sun god, Helios, or they will all pay dearly for it....   [tags: literary analysis, true hero, Homer, Odyssey]

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Strength Of The Heart : A Tragic Hero

- Strength of the Heart According to a tragic hero is, “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat.” As defined by Aristotle, “A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction.” Both of these definitions are different; however they are both correct. The definition of a hero is debatable and depends on the situation. A tragic hero is someone who is born of a noble birth, shows humility, accomplishes great deeds, and is a national hero....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Troy]

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The Odyssey : A Flawed Hero

- Everybody knows what a hero is made of they are made of noble qualities, outstanding achievements, and are highly admired. When a hero has flaws are they really a hero. The Odyssey is a good example of a flawed hero the main character Odysseus encounters many different things along his wild journey. He is considered a hero but is definitely a flawed hero because many of his actions are not one of a hero and here is why it is important for a hero to have the little flaws. The Odyssey shows a few traits of Odysseus that shows off his heroism or just causes problems for his journey back home....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Achilles]

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The Rage Of Grecian Hero Achilles

- The rage of Grecian hero Achilles stands at the forefront of the Homeric epic “Iliad.” During the tenth year of the Trojan War, Achilles must weigh his value of honor with his value of survival at four points throughout the epic; first when Agamemnon takes away Bryseis, second when Agamemnon tempts him into battle with gifts, third when Patroclus dies, and finally when King Priam attempts to ransom for Hector’s body back. The Iliad begins after Achilles has fought on behalf of the Greeks for ten years, trying to earn glory for himself and the entirety of the Grecian army....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Hector, Trojan War]

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Odysseus Is A True Epic Hero

- In Homer’s The Odyssey, the character of Odysseus is renowned as a noble epic hero. However, is Odysseus’ reputation truly justified by his intellect and cunning. Is he truly one “who for all craft am noted among men, and my renown reaches to heaven” (80). Or is he, as a mortal man, also susceptible to the temptation of pride and boastfulness. Nevertheless, while Odysseus shows instances of rashness and naivety during his journey, such as lingering in the cyclops’ cave and revealing his name to Polyphemus, he evidently matures as a character and epic hero throughout the journey, such as when he disguises himself when he returns to Ithaca and when he devises a plan to defeat the suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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George Washington : A True Hero

- George Washington: A True Hero In this day and age, George Washington’s name is so acclaimed and reputable, it holds a significant amount of meaning in itself. Not much has changed in the 239 years since he became a national hero to the people of a land who yearned to be free from British oppression. Far back into the past, becoming a hero may have meant committing dangerous and magnificent feats, and that still holds somewhat true today. George Washington, however, is especially known for his battle strategies, military tactic and leading America to freedom....   [tags: George Washington, American Revolutionary War]

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Trojan War and The Odysseus by Homer

- Over the course of the ten-year long Trojan War, the character Odysseus is introduced to those who may read it. This particular man is depicted as the main character, the hero, of this tale. In Homer’s Odyssey, an epic hero is one who embodies the ideals and beliefs of the civilization they live in. This hero is the protagonist of the epic, the technical main character. Though like each individual human being these epic heroes and heroines will also bear there own flaws. Odysseus also has his own flaws that hinder him along the duration of his adventures in the Odyssey....   [tags: epic hero, flaws]

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Abraham Lincoln As A Hero Leader

- In the current political climate of our nation, we have a candidate that appears to be ill prepared for the Presidency of the United States, one who lacks the qualification for the vast responsibility and one who has no political, governmental experience or knowledge. In light of the current political climate, it takes me back to Abraham Lincoln the sixteenth president of the United States who also ran as a candidate for the president of the United States also lacked what appears to be the necessary qualifications and skills for the presidency of the United States....   [tags: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War]

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The Hero Of Odysseus From The Odyssey

- When telling a story, it is necessary for there to be a main character which is usually a hero. They try to find themselves or fulfill a task in order to be true to who they are. While they are trying to find who they are or fulfill a task to stay true they conquer obstacles that are standing in the way for them to succeed. Some heroes succeed some fail. Odysseus from the Odyssey is a good example of a hero who fulfills his tasks in order to be true to who he is by having a quest or a mission to get back home after the Trojan war to his dear wife and family....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

- An epic hero can be defined as a brave and noble character in an epic poem. This character is admired for their great achievements. This definition is an exact fit for the main character in The Odyssey written by the blind poet, Homer. Odysseus left Troy after ten years of fighting in the Trojan War. With a victory under his belt, he headed back to his homeland of Ithaca. This journey took another ten years. Throughout this 20 year journey, Odysseus survived and conquered. Odysseus showed that he was a hero though many things; such as, being brave and cunning, having guides, servants and lastly being a mortal that is called upon to make a journey....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Trojan War, Homer]

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The Tragic Hero Of Heroes

- Often we wonder what makes a person a hero. Sometimes we think of comic book heroes who perform miraculous feats, or even everyday people such as firefighters, military servicemen, or search and rescue individuals. Our concept of hero originally rose from the Greek philosopher, Aristotle who stated, “A tragic hero can be known to be great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who destined to downfall, suffering, or defeat” (Tragic Hero). To be a tragic hero one must go through so many obstacles and death sentences and never lose faith or be a coward....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Greek mythology, Thetis]

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Brutus As A Tragic Hero

- A tragic hero is a literacy character in a play who makes an error that leads to their own downfall. There are four aspects that tragic heroes have in common which includes: a tragic dilemma, tragic flaw, peripeteia, and anagnorisis. In William Shakespeare’s famous dramatic tragedy “Julius Caesar”, there were downfalls of many characters which led to arguments about who the tragic hero really was. Some critics of the play argue that Julius Caesar is the tragic hero, while others argue that Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Roman Republic, Augustus]

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What Makes A Hero?

- The prestigious title that mankind will remember for centuries, known as a hero. Heroes are of the bravest, nobility, and chivalric of men will to make the ultimate sacrifice in order for their ideals to prosper. Throughout many epics and play, we see heroes of all calibers but four character traits all heroes have in common. Heroes suffer more than they deserve and end up facing a decision that will either end there life or prolong it and are aware of the decisions. Each hero makes the decision to end their life but achieve glory....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Greek Classical Hero

- “Even here, merit will have its true reward…even here, the world is a world of tears and the burdens of mortality touch the heart” (1:557-559). With these words, Aeneas contemplates his divine-fated destiny that finds its heroic beginning amongst the destruction of Troy. Aeneas, the classical hero who willfully submits to his purpose-filled fate, is created by Virgil in order to transcribe the foundational origins of Rome though the mutation of the Greek into the Roman, the Eastern cultural and literary tradition into the Western....   [tags: Homer, Iliad, Roman Empire, Trojan War]

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Time For Hero 's?

- Time for Hero’s. “Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every Free State.” This was said by Thomas Jefferson making the debate whether or not people need to be entering the military. Thanks to many different military men through time, they have helped shaped the world we live in today. Think about it, what would the world be like if the Germans won World War Two. What would the world look like if the enemy won. What kind of language, religion, or traditions would we have....   [tags: World War II, United States, Army, Military]

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Is Ulyses S. Grant a Hero?

- If you watch modern movies you will find that these times it is quite easier to be a hero than it was fifty years ago. The world gives us multiple opportunities to proves ourselves and give us the self-satisfaction of being able to say you are a hero. But what is a hero. Grant says, “A hero is someone who does something for other people. He does something that other men don’t and can’t do. He is different from other men. He is above other men. No matter who those other men are, the hero, no matter who he is, is above them.” (193) Obviously Grant matches his own description of a hero....   [tags: American Civil War, US presidents]

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Odysseus Is Worthy Of The Title Hero

- Odysseus is worthy of the title hero, proving that he can overcome any challenge that is thrown his way. Odysseus is a warrior that is on a mission to return to his family and hometown of Ithaca after defeating the Trojans at Troy. Throughout his journey home Odysseus is tempted with riches, pleasure, and even encounters certain death, but nothing can stop him from pursuing his ultimate goal to be reunited with his family. The reason Odysseus is able to prevail through all of the trials and tribulations he will face is because he is a man showing characteristics of courage, strength, ingenuity, patience, and most of all willpower....   [tags: Cyclops, Odyssey, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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Odysseus : A Hero For Triumphing

- Odysseus is often times considered a hero for triumphing, for living through the many challenges that he has to face over the course of The Odyssey. He defeats the mighty cyclops, he braves years away from home fighting one battle after the other and makes it home alive. Many times he has the chance to give in to death, to end his suffering, however he doesn’t take his chance and he continues fighting. He survives. However Homer doesn’t put it in that light, he doesn’t centralize the idea of life in The Odyssey but rather the idea of death, and all that it brings, or fails to bring....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Achilles, Trojan War]

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Is Odysseus Truly A Hero?

- According to a hero is defined as “(in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.” In the Odyssey the titular character Odysseus fits this definition exactly. Odysseus is a spectacular hero who goes through 20 years of challenges to return home and then defends his honor by slaying over one hundred suitors who have infested his halls, slept with his maids, engorged themselves on his food, and courted his lovely wife. He was the deciding factor in the conquering of Troy....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Trojan War]

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The Tragic Hero Of The Iliad, Beowulf And Hamlet

- According to, a tragic hero defines as “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat” ("tragic hero"). A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, defines as “a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction” (Littrell, Mary). During this past year, I have learned about what it takes to be a tragic hero. I have also learned what it takes to be a hero period. Being a hero, to me, means one’s ability to be willing to die for what they believe in....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus : The Hero 's Journey

- Odysseus’ Quest In the Hero’s journey, The Odyssey, the main protagonist, Odysseus, changes in a way which helps him gain self-knowledge. Odysseus ' experiences transformed his personality from how he was in the beginning to the end, by leading him through a heroic journey, also known as a quest. The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason, and this is no different with Odysseus. As the story developed, many of Odysseus’ sides were exposed through the challenges he faced. Out of the countless dangers and obstacles every step back home, him and his crew have only acquired minimal character changes....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Trojan Horse]

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Frank W. Hedge Was An American Hero

- English novelist George Orwell once said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”(site) Throughout American history there have been wars fought against enemies who try to revoke America’s freedom. Brave men and women risk their lives every day to preserve our countries’ rights. My grandfather was one of those individuals. Frank W. Hedge was an American hero, who dedicated his life to serve and protect his country at any expense....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States Army, United States]

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A Shakesperean Tragic Hero - Macbeth

- A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Hero]

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Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey

- Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain virtues to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost prerequisites. Cleverness is an added bonus. Odysseus possesses many characteristics and virtues that make him a true representation of an epic hero....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Hero]

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Biography of Oskar Schindler and His Help During World War Two

- Oskar Schindler was born in 1908 to a German Catholic family living in a province of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. He grew to become a successful businessman in the turmoil of World War Two, but did not do so without tragedy. He expressed, “The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways… Then, in the years '41 and '42 there was plenty of public evidence of pure sadism… I had to help them. There was no choice”. In the end, Schindler saved over one thousand Jews from Nazi brutality and the final solution in his journey to become a hero....   [tags: hero, joutrney, factory]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- A classic tragic hero is a main component to any tragedy. Tragic heroes are used to help the audience connect with and become more involved with a story by using a relatable and understandable character. Act one of Macbeth presents Macbeth as a classic tragic hero. He is an exceptional man of his society who clearly understands the rules that are the foundation of Scotland’s social and political systems. However, Macbeth’s ambition forces him to war with himself. Macbeth displays all the qualities need to be a tragic hero, which includes his exceptionality....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Duncan I of Scotland]

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Who Is The Real Hero?

- There are many of heroes along with role models out there for example like Batman, and all the others we sometimes wish we could be, then there are the real heroes or people who make a difference in people’s life. Like firemen, policemen, and our military who take a risk with their life every day. One of my heroes happens to be my Grandpa, He served in The Korean War, he was the first person in the family to attend a college, and he always puts his family first. He didnt argued with anyone, no matter what the situation was....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, Korean War, World War II]

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The Iliad By Homer, The Hero, Shame, And Fate

- Self-Definition holds three major factors throughout the Greeks and Japanese culture, Honor, Shame, and Fate. In the Work the Iliad by Homer, In Homeric’s description of a hero was to fight and gain glory and immortality through the actions taken on the battle field. The mans honor was paramount and required men to protect it at all cost. That means to avoid bringing shame upon not only the family lineage, but as well as their immortality. Greek hero’s especially in the Iliad compete with this idea of heroism and the cards fate has dealt them....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Homer]

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Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero

- The epic and oral poem Beowulf illustrates a loss of community, cultural values, and tradition. Beowulf, the main character, is an ideal king and archetypal warrior. History is relevant to Beowulf; this Germanic society was being taken over by Christian missionaries who were seeking to convert this culture. The character of Beowulf is a reflection of the Germanic culture's virtues; heroism is emphasized in the text's multiple references and constant focus on heroes and what it is to be a hero. Beowulf, who is reflective of an older generation of heroes, strives for community....   [tags: Epic Beowulf Hero Essays Papers]

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The Perseverant President: An Under-appreciated Hero

- Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” When the United States faced the tragic loss of President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson stepped up, took the oath, and was sworn in as President of the United States of America, the most stressful occupation in the world. Ahead of him lie one of the most unpopular and longest wars in the history of America, the Vietnam War. Despite popular opinion, President Johnson decided that it was absolutely necessary in order to maintain the sought after right of freedom, to expand and intervene in the Vietnam War (Bailey 945)....   [tags: History, Politics, War]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- The piece of music that I chose to write on is titled “Born in the USA”, a song that gave tribute to the troops coming home from the Vietnam War. “Born in the USA”, originally titled “Vietnam” was written by Bruce Springsteen and was released in 1984. “Springsteen wrote this about the problems Vietnam veterans encountered when they returned to America. Vietnam was the first war the US didn 't win, and while veterans of other wars received a hero 's welcome, those who fought in Vietnam were mostly ignored when they returned to the states.” (Born In The U.S.A....   [tags: United States, Vietnam War, Cold War]

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What is a Hero?

- Heroes What is a hero. How has the definition of heroism evolved in today’s society. When one thinks of a hero, does he think of batman or superman or does he think of the military men and women, or police officers and firefighters. The definition of hero, according to Merriam Webster, is a person who is admired for brave or great acts or fine qualities. People have different perceptions of who their heroes are. Who is to say which perception is right or wrong. Each person has his own personal idea of what a hero is....   [tags: Heroism, Evolved, Tday;s Society, Hero]

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Beowulf : A Hero Of Mythology And Legend

- Beowulf A hero in mythology and legend is a man often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for bold exploits, and favored by the gods. Beowulf, the strongest man alive and the greatest Anglo-Saxon warrior, distinguishes himself as this kind of hero. When Herot is in danger of being destroyed by the ferocious beast Grendal, Beowulf raises hell to the menacing beast. Through his brave actions and deeds, Beowulf demonstrates heroic qualities and that is revered by Anglo-Saxon and those which are also universally respected....   [tags: Hero, Courage, Combat]

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Beowulf : An Epic Hero

- Beowulf is an epic hero being the central character presenting himself as larger than life, showing high skills, courage, and virtue. Skill, courage, and virtue are shown as values by the Anglo-Saxons. An epic hero is the central character of an epic, a long narrative poem that recounts the adventures of a legendary hero in pursuit of a goal of national importance. All epics consist of an epic hero, a quest, valorous deeds, divine intervention, and great events. An epic hero is larger than life, typically born noble or semi-divine, and presents courage, skill and virtue against opposing, often evil, forces....   [tags: Beowulf, Hero, KILL, Beowulf]

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Achilles : The Tragic Hero

- In the Iliad, Patroclus stepped up and took over Achilles position in battle; he died for Achilles and revealed the true hero in himself. Patroclus, “lost in his own great innocence … condemned to beg for his own death and brutal doom” (16.54,55). He had such courage and bravery to take upon this high responsibility. Achilles even directs Patroclus to “take this command to heart—obey it to the end” so that Patroclus could win glory for him. (16.96). Achilles decides if he sends out Patroclus then he will receive glory for his acts....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Hero, Zeus]

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Claudius, the Unorthodox Tragic Hero

- An Aristotelian’s tragic hero is a person of nobility who is ill-fated by a defect - seemingly intertwined with attributes that make him/her prosperous - in his/her character. Usually the protagonist, a tragic hero is commended for his/her honorable traits and is depicted to be the victim in most works of literature. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the traditional portrayal of a tragic hero is defied: in lieu of being the victim, the tragic hero becomes the culprit of the play. By instilling the antagonist, King Claudius, with honorable qualities like that of a tragic hero, Shakespeare demonstrates that a person is never at the extreme ends of the moral spectrum but rather at the center:...   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic hero]

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